Chilmark: Welcome, May

Jen and Henry Hall enjoy their first visit with their 14-year-old poodle to Lucy Vincent Beach, despite many Island visits over the years. —Valerie Sonnenthal

Last rainy Sunday afternoon I walked with my son at Lucy Vincent Beach, and ran into two couples, one originally from Macedonia and visiting for the first time from their New Jersey home, and the other couple, Jen and Henry Hall (not related to any Island family) from Nahant, and their 14-year-old standard poodle, who usually visit by boat. This was their first day visiting up-Island beaches.

Oh my, May. And you can’t celebrate May without the Chilmark School May Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 1, with a Thursday, May 2, rain date. Join the fourth and fifth grade children for this festive May Pole gathering and dance, to begin 9ish am, honoring spring. Only one more week until the Aquinnah Shop opens on May 9. They’re closed Tuesdays, otherwise lunch is Monday to Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, dinner is served Thursday to Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and brunch can be enjoyed Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. May Day was also Nancy Aronie’s birthday — hope you enjoyed a wonderful day. The M.V. Museum is now free every Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm, thank you Cronig’s.

Windemere Nursing and Rehab Center is looking for Chilmark gift certificates and other donations for their upcoming auction; items and donation forms are due on Monday, May 20. Call 508-693-4645 for more information.

Chilmark General Store is looking for “passionate” pizza cooks.

Chilmark Chocolates reopens Thursday, May 2, through early August; at least the chocolate season has begun.

The last Chilmark Potluck Jam this season will be held on Saturday, May 4, thanks Alex Karalekas for supporting our community.

The Howes House Writers will reconvene every Tuesday beginning May 7 from 11:15 to 1:15. All levels welcome. Feel free to bring writing of any genre, and a snack to share. For more information call 508-693-2896.

New dump stickers are available from our refuse station on Tabor House Road. If you want to know more about what you can bring to the dump, see

Registration is open for CCC memberships, tennis, and sailing. They are also welcoming donations to complete the new tennis building, adding rocking chairs for the porch, installing AC throughout the CCC, and adding additional boats to expand the sailing program. Learn more and register at

The Chilmark Community Church’s Pizza Nights are on Tuesdays at 6 pm, all ages welcome. 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark. For further information, call 508- 645-3100.

The M.V. Library Association is hosting “The Public,” a free 2019 movie, at the M.V. Film Center on Sunday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30pm, free, but you must RSVP at

The Chilmark Public Library hosts NAMI, offering a presentation on the ways they provide support for Island families, on Wednesday, May 1, at 5 pm. Poet Fan Ogilvie is offering a Poetry Workshop Series: Examining First and Last Lines of Poems beginning Tuesday, May 7, from 3 to 4 pm. No experience necessary, but please bring five to seven copies of a poem you’ve written to share. All materials provided. Poet Holly Bergon presents “I See New Englandly”: the poetry of Emily Dickinson, on Wednesday, May 8, at 5 pm. Bergon’s talk will explore themes that riveted Dickinson’s poetic attention — the nature of privacy and immortality, her intense explorations of grief and loss, her rootedness in the New England landscape of Amherst; and focus on selected poems, discussing their themes and, especially, the craft that makes Dickinson’s poetry so startling to readers, both in the 19th century and today. Read a poem aloud for our Local Poetry Audio Archive; participate by contacting adult programming coordinator Marlan Sigelman at 508-645-3360, or emailing, to make an appointment for recording. Stories and Songs with Rizwan continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Afterschool crafts with Irene continues on Wednesdays at 3 pm. Learn more at or 508-645-3360.

Interested in heading to the Boston MFA, or any Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations property? If you have a library card, you can check out passes for reduced admission at our town library.

The Yard has announced its 2019 season lineup; buy a membership or get tickets at

Have a great week.